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April – Calendula

Published on April 1, 2020 under Garden
Latin name: Calendula officinalis - Asteraceae Common name: Calendula, pot marigold Usage: This sticky, golden, aster is well known as an all-star skin remedy. The resinous flowers are cooling and soothing topically, as well as…
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March – Plantain

Published on February 25, 2020 under Garden
March - Plantain Plantago lanceolata By Rasbak - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Latin name: Plantago major, Plantago lanceolata,Plantago virginica,  - Plantaginaceae Common name: Plantain The leaves of Plantago major and Plantago lanceolata, commonly…
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February – Oak

Published on February 1, 2020 under Garden
February - Oak Latin name: Quercus spp.  - Fagaceae Common name: Oak Usage:  The wood of the oak genus, or Quercus, has long been utilized for its strength and durability, from ship framing to tanning…
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January – Citrus

Published on December 23, 2019 under Garden
January - Citrus Latin name: Citrus spp. - Rutaceae Common name: Citrus, oranges, lemon, lime, pomelo, grapefruit, mandarins, etc etc Usage:  Many of the common citrus fruits we know and love are not only delicious…
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December – Prickly Pear Cactus

Published on November 25, 2019 under Garden
December -Prickly Pear Cactus Latin name:  Opuntia spp. - Cactaceae Common name: Prickly pear, nopales,tuna, Indian fig, many different names by many cultures of people across the regions in which it grows Usage: The usage…
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November – Bee Balm

Published on October 26, 2019 under Garden
November - Bee Balm Sydenham Teak Edwards (1768-1819) [Public domain] Latin name:  Monarda punctata (other species commonly utilized - M.fistulosa, M. didyma, M.citriodora ) - Lamiaceae Common name: Bee balm, horsemint, spotted bee balm, dotted…
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October – Ashwagandha

Published on September 25, 2019 under Garden
October - Ashwagandha By Salicyna - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Latin name: Withania somnifera - Solanaceae Common name: Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, winter cherries,asgandh Usage: Here in the Western world, ashwagandha root has recently…
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September – Sida

Published on August 16, 2019 under Garden
September - Sida Sida rhombifoliaLatin name: Sida rhombifolia, Sida ulmifolia, Sida acuta, Sida cordifolia  - Malvaceae(* A note on S.acuta vs. S.ulmifolia - “ Although S. acuta has often been applied to Florida material, Krapovickas (2003) restricted the use of S. acuta to plants with…
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August – Spiderwort

Published on July 15, 2019 under Garden
August - Spiderwort Latin name:  Tradescantia ohiensis - Commelinaceae Common name: Spiderwort, bluejacket, Ohio spiderwort, day flower Usage:  Tradescantia ohiensis, or spiderwort, is a Florida native edible and medicinal plant that is tolerant of the…
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Materia Medica: Papaya

Published on November 3, 2014 under Materia Medica
Papaya, or Carica papaya, is a commonly known fruit that also offers lots of healing benefits. Check out more at the link above. How have YOU used Papaya? Let us know in the comments below.
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